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Directors and Staff

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Dr. Paul W. Popiel
Director of Bands

Dr. Matthew O. Smith
Associate Director of Bands/Director, Marching Jayhawks

Sharon Toulouse
Assistant Director of Bands

Administrative Assistant
Leslie O’Neil

Graduate Teaching Assistants
Ben Harper
Sarah Miller
Emily Scholle

Colorguard Instructor
Melissa Smith

Drumline Instructors
Brandon Graves
Nick Spradlin
Alex Betsold

Drum Majors 2015
Elliott Brady
Karynn Glover
Philip Kaul

Equipment Managers
Greg Baird
Casey Craig
Peter Gordon
Derek Smith

Uniform Managers
Alyssa Vasquez
Rachel Frish
Landon Fruhauf
Nora Kanally

Sarah Mikelait
Alex Nelson
Fern Stevermer
Kristen Wells

Kappa Kappa Psi President
Jake Spellman

Tau Beta Sigma President
Jazmin Rico

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School of Music Events

Reach Out Kansas, Inc., Smithyman & Zakoura Chartered and KU Music Concert Series 2014-2015

Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually